Église St-Michel des Lions

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Named for the two granite lions flanking its door, Église St-Michel des Lions was built between the 14th and 16th centuries. It contains the relics (including the skull) of St Martial, Limoges’ first bishop, who converted the city to Christianity. Look for the huge copper ball perched atop its 65m-high spire.

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1. Cour du Temple

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2. Rue de la Boucherie

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3. Maison de la Boucherie

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The Maison de la Boucherie houses a small history museum, and nearby is the tiny Chapelle Saint-Aurélien, dedicated to the patron saint of butchers.

4. Chapelle St-Aurélien

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Tiny 1475 Chapelle Saint-Aurélien, dedicated to the patron saint of butchers, was acquired and maintained by the butchers' guild.

5. Crypt of St Martial

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All that remains of the once-great pilgrimage point St-Martial abbey, founded in AD 848, is a faint outline on place de la République, and an underground…

6. Pavillon du Verdurier

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7. Église St-Pierre du Queyroix

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The moody late-Gothic Église St-Pierre du Queyroix is notable for its characteristic Limousin belfry and stained glass.

8. Musée National Adrien Dubouché

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This museum, founded in 1845, has one of France’s two outstanding ceramics collections (the other is in Sèvres, southwest of Paris), so it’s a must for…